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It doesn’t even sound like something I’d do. But after I lingered on the thought long enough I couldn’t help but wonder… Would I? Have I?
While reading the account of Absalom’s revolt against his father, King David, I was captivated by the verses that described what exactly Absalom did.
2 Samual 15:6 says, “In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.”
The people were going to the king, but Absalom was directing their attention and affection away from the king and onto himself. He was committing treason against his father and against his king.
Okay, so y’all know that I’m a word girl, which means, of course, I had to look up the word treason so that I could get a clear understanding of what it means.
Treason ~ treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, faithlessness; sedition, subversion, mutiny, rebellion; high treason, lèse-majesté; apostasy
We do the same thing when we seek to shift the attention and affection away from God and onto ourselves for whatever reason it may be.
Recently, I was talking to a friend who was telling me about her many ministries and all that she was involved in and all she had been doing for so many women in her sphere of influence. She sprinkled in the Lord a few times in that uncomfortable conversation but it was clear that she had become the object of her own affection.
Don’t get me wrong… she’s a woman who is constantly pouring herself into the lives of other women. She’s a woman who is consistently being tugged at to minister to the hearts of women all around her. But somewhere along the way…
- It became more about what she was doing instead of what God was doing in her and through her.
- It became more about what she had to do rather than what God was allowing her to do.
- It turned into a burden instead of a blessing because she made it all about herself instead of all about the One who had gifted her with the opportunity to speak life into other women’s lives.
Psalm 115:1 should be the echo of our hearts…
“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.”
1 Chronicles 29:11 tells us,
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.”
We were all created for more and, as children of God, we want to accomplish more… that’s a very healthy response to understanding who we are in Christ and having a sincere desire to be all God created us to be.
It becomes unhealthy when we forget who we aren’t. It becomes unhealthy when we want credit for that which only God can do in us, through us, and for us.
It becomes more than unhealthy. It becomes spiritual treason to seek attention, affection, and adoration that belongs to God alone.
May we never be guilty of spiritual treason. May we always remember who God is, who we’re not, and who deserves all glory and honor and praise.
And for a little extra credit… (Well, I know this isn’t a class and I can’t really give any extra credit) but for a little extra investment in your own biblical literacy, set a timer for 15 minutes and look up and list all the verses you can find that talk about giving God glory. When you’re done, pray them back to the Lord.
Let me give you an example using Matthew 5:16, “
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
I might pray that to the Lord for myself and/or others who I know and love. So, I might pray…
“Lord, help me let my light shine before men in such a way that they may see my good works, and that they would glorify YOU, my Father in Heaven.”
“Lord, help my husband, Donald, and my sons, Karl & DJ, let their light shine before men in such a way that they may see their good works, and glorify you Father in Heaven.”
Okay girls…start digging and let’s be careful to never commit spiritual treason. Let’s always point others to the reason for the hope that is in us. His name is Jesus and He deserves all glory, honor, and praise.